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USDA, Georgia work to raise awareness of seed coat fragments

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service to collaborate with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to raise awareness and further examine the significant increase in seed coat fragments in cotton produced in the southeast region. So far in the 2020 cotton season, the AMS Macon, Georgia, Classing Office has classed 2.2 ... Read More »

CRP signup runs through Feb. 12

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Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program  can sign up for the program through Feb. 12. The competitive program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “This signup for the Conservation Reserve Program gives producers and landowners an opportunity to enroll for the first ... Read More »

USDA report: Deltapine continues reign as top-planted brand

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The Deltapine brand of Upland cottonseed was the most widely planted in the United States in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. The Americot brand was the second followed by Phytogen, BASF-Stoneville, BASF-FiberMax, All-Tex/Dyna-Gro, Croplan, miscellaneous and Seed Source Genetics. Deltapine accounted for 36.9% of the U.S. acreage. Broken down, the ... Read More »

VIPR — Battling Contamination With Technology

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• By Ross Rutherford • Contamination in seed cotton and lint cotton has been a critical issue facing the cotton industry for decades. This has become even more urgent in recent years with the broad acceptance/usage of cotton harvesting equipment with on-board module-making capability (round modules) wrapped in plastic. For many reasons, whether from the module wrap or from plastic ... Read More »

Caution urged after mystery seed mailings

mystery seeds

State agriculture officials are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them. Reports have surfaced from South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, Washington and Ohio, to name a few. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University’s Regulatory Services division are working together to investigate after that state’s residents reported receiving packages ... Read More »

Clemson irrigation expert says crops face critical water needs

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Growing season is in full swing and farmers must pay close attention to the water needs of several crops at this stage, says a Clemson University specialist. Michael Plumblee, Clemson Extension precision agriculture specialist who also is an Agronomic Crops Team and Water Resources Team member housed at the Edisto Research and Education Center, said that until recently, several places ... Read More »

Mississippi cotton acreage tumbles as soybean, peanut acres climb

young cotton

Cotton and corn acreage in Mississippi are more than 30% below March projections, while growers of soybeans and peanuts planted much more than initially forecasted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service released a report at the end of June updating the amount of crop acreage planted statewide. It compared those amounts to how much growers said they ... Read More »